Magnolia House

4.4
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in a 100-year-old Pasadena craftsman bungalow, Magnolia House is a hideaway for those in the know – offering specialty coffee, unique craft cocktails and a small plate menu from around the world. Stop by for handcrafted drinks, a boutique selection of wines, and local craft beers on tap while the menu boasts market-driven selection of seasonal shareable plates.

*Please note: We accept reservations for brunch service every Saturday and Sunday, but have limited reservations available during the week. If your desired reservation time is not available, we’d still love to have you! Walk-ins are always welcome.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Queso, fries and burger were great. Sent chicken sandwich back, way overcooked.

W
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good place to eat and relax. The loukamades are unbelievable, best desert i've ever had. Perfect for a date night out on the town.

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food, the service, the drinks, the ambiance. We loved everything!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Highly recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fun place to eat and drink, staff is friendly and the back patio is a little escape from the Main Street.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Requested move from table to fireplace... no problem
Quick service
Small bites/plates conducive to meeting friends
Fun specials each night
Nice Happy Hour menu
Good house wine
Reasonable prices

LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we go there almost every week -- great drinks, great service, great food! It's great to have such a great place so close to home

OT
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went in for weekend brunch. Got a French Pressed Coffee and a Latte - both were terrible. Food was great though! Service was nice and ambience was chill... limited menu options for Weekend Brunch, surprised they didn’t have pancakes or French Toast. Nice to try but probably not an everyday spot.

TC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful design and aesthetic. A great location for brunch with friends or a date. Excited to try their dinner and cocktails

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food1service5ambience5

This is our second time coming on a Sunday and it’s been great - the food, the drinks, and the service. Nice spot to bring friends after church.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived and were seated immediately, service was great and the food delicious. I really like the waffles and chicken! Everyone’s meal was very good.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is perfection. The ambience is great, staff are friendly and professional, the food is delicious and so are the cocktails. Brunch gets packed and they play good music--which is to say that it can get loud. It's not really the place for a cozy, quiet, intimate brunch, but if you want a fun, lively one, this is it.

RB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and decor. Went for brunch, food was good but not exceptional, arrived Luke warm as it had been sitting for a while

KE
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I haven't been to Magnolia since they first opened many years ago. I'm not much of a brunch lover, so perhaps my expectations were too high. There was not much on the menu that didn't include eggs (which I don't care for). I ordered the chicken tinga chilaquiles...and the were not. They were chicken nachos. Pulled chicken meat, refried beans and cotilla cheese on a bed of tortilla chips. For some reason, they were supposed to be served with an egg on top (what is the deal with slapping a fried egg on everything these days?), which I opted out of. When our food was served, guess what was on top of my "chilaquiles"? You guessed it...an egg. So I had to send it back which meant my friend had to eat without me so that her food wouldn't get cold.

Okay, so that's all the bad. The good is that the service was really good. The server was very attentive without hovering, and she even came out to apologize for getting my order wrong. We each ordered a speciality drink...sangria for my friend and an Almost Palmer for me. The drinks were delicious and pretty strong.

The prices for both the drinks and the food was, in my opinion, very reasonable. I just wish the food had been better. Probably won't go back here again. Too bad...the ambiance makes it a nice place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon.

DR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. Portions are great. I had the chicken tinga chilaquiles. Delicious. The place is like a house that was converted to a brunch place. Very casual and nice.

MT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't seen my friend for a long time and took a chance on something new. I LOVED the look, feel, and food. It was a fantastic place to spend a chatty afternoon with a friend. Service was friendly and they didn't pressure us while we ate and reconnected. I will definitely be back!

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great relaxed environment with fun drinks and excellent brunch options.

MW
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the open air seating. The drinks were new and different to me which made for a very nice morning. A very nice place for a date.

f
Las Vegas
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were there on a Sunday night and did the chicken and tiki drink special. Extremely good. Flavors were spot on. Also had the decadent mac and cheese. Again wonderful. The only thing not good is the ceviche. It is too watery and too much tomatoes.

KM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so much fun to dine in a 100 year old Craftsman style home . The food was delicious, we shared several plates between our group. Everyone loved their choices. Our server was very efficient and friendly. They opened the garage style overhead door to the patio sidewalk which was so enjoyable with all of the fresh air. We all agreed we would happily come back and try the outside back patio area which is lovely.

YD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite local spots. The service and always great, love their food and cocktails! It’s a fun place to spend time with friends!

HH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to go for a meal, we sat on the patio in the shade and it was the perfect spot for a quiet morning breakfast. Food was delicious and waitress Carmyn was really sweet and accommodating.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and ambiance were great. The only drawback was the host stand. They did not check in our reservation, so I received a demeaning notice from OpenTable implying that I flaked on my reservation. Now I have to deal with the inconvenience of having to prove my visit because of someone else’s mistake.

C
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The bar in the back is nice, not too big or crowded. The eating area has large windows facing west; tremendous glare is not pleasant if you are there in the early evening. I had the hamburger. Kind of dry and tough. Not cooked medium rare as ordered.

E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This restaurant caters to a young crowd. This establishment is missing another audience—those older than 30. My friend and I are in our 60s and would have appreciated the kind of attentiveness that was shown by the wait servers to the younger people.
In order for us to return, there needs to be some sensitivity training for the wait staff on serving all patrons, not just people around their own age.

MG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Relaxing spot and ideal for large loud groups - you will need to be in order to hear yourselves. Food was generic/alright, but nothing exceptional. Service was great and attentive.

Plates should be wiped before being placed on the tables. Our dishes kept sliding all over the table which was a bit hazardous.

DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant ambience, service, and food were amazing! The only downside is that with the heavy big furniture seating, the aisles seem really crammed and servers kept bumping into us or the other table behind us.

PA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been Magnolia for the 3rd time. Still love the service, decor, location
Good food.

G
Orange County
129 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. It’s a bummer they don’t tailor to kids because they food would be suitable for little ones. We still had a great time. Perhaps the owners should invest in a couple of booster seats. Other than that, we had a fabulous time.

T
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always friendly, good value. Since ambiance.
Food is good and reliable

EW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had very high expectations based on reviews and were disappointed by the reality. Food was mediocre and vegetarians in our party had few options. Cocktails also just okay, despite the assertion "we're known for our cocktails." Slow service. And what might have been a really nice ambiance was ruined by someone's incomprehensible decision to hang TV sets throughout the restaurant. We weren't prepared for a sports bar and, although athletic events weren't being shown, that's what it felt like. There are plenty of places for people who can't stand to be separated from TV -- we were so disappointed to find that Magnolia House was one of them.

JW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Our food was cold... no butter was brought to the table for our waffles... no spoons for hot tea and coffee...

Great decor but bad service.

NL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Place is great for a date night or friends meeting up for happy hour or brunch. But not so kids-friendly, they don't even have high chair or booster seats for baby/toddlers. I would thought brunch would be more of family flare, but guess not. Food is great, service is so-so for the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff accommodating for a surprise birthday dinner for my wife. Very friendly staff and delicious food, excited to come back soon!

S
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and service. I love the bar staff. The best in town. Thank you!!

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Magnolia House is good for happy hour or a date. Great service and tasty, fresh tapas. The menu has mostly light fare to share and the ambiance is cool- with several different types of seating.

L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Magnolia House. Food and service were both great. Will definitely be back.

MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch. From the moment we checked in to the time we left, service was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and the drinks marvelous. The music was loud enough so we could chat and have a fun time.

U
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch. Great service, delicious food, reasonable prices for drinks. I had the rosè drink delicious!! The restaurant was super cute cottage type vibe. We will be back!

LH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Saturday brunch and loved it, the food was delicious, the servers were fantastic. They really worked with me regarding the allergies I have and were very understanding for the substitutions I had to make.

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